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Work experience information for students

The Council works with schools to oversee work experience programmes for young people aged 14 to 19 in Key Stages 4 and 5. 

All students participating in work experience programmes will be expected to find their own placement. This forms part of their learning process and provides a vital insight into the expectations when entering the world of work.  

For students in Yr10 or Yr11 work experience placements need not be related to their area of study or future career aspirations but it is more aimed at gaining the general key skills that are transferrable into any work place. 

For students in Yr12 work experience will need to be related to the course studied.

Feedback from employers shows that they prefer contact directly from students, do your research on the organisation to find out a little about them before you call/email as this will go a long way. Once a placement has been agreed, arrange to attend an interview no less than 2 weeks before the start date or when the employer requests.

All placements will need to be assessed for suitability including health and safety, safeguarding, insurance and tasks. Occasionally, placements will not be approved, although we will work with employers to help them meet requirements, where necessary.

For general work experience queries, please speak with your Work Experience Co-ordinator at your school or training provider

Placements at the Council

Work experience with the Council offers the opportunity for young people to gain their first taste of the working world in a safe and nurturing environment whilst providing the chance to gain and improve confidence and self-awareness.  

To apply for a work experience placement you must attend a school in Royal Greenwich taking part in an organised school programme. Placements will be allocated on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to Looked After Children, children with SEN and/or children claiming Free School Meals.  

Students must be in Yr10 to Yr13, be keen to learn and have an interest in the area they are applying for. Training and supervision will be provided throughout the work experience placement and there will be a de-briefing session at the end do you will know how well it has gone.

Placements are offered by the following directorates and partners at the council

  • Children’s Services            
  • Communities and Environment
  • Finance
  • Health and Adult Services

Read our documents for students